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Is Your Chimney a Good Candidate for a Stainless Steel Liner?

To function at its highest levels of safety and efficiency, your chimney needs to have several components in place. One of the most important parts of a safe and efficient chimney system is the liner. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the liner plays three crucial roles in the operation of your chimney. They work to protect the combustible parts of your home from heat transfer, keep the bricks and mortar joints safe from corrosive combustion gases, and provide a correctly sized flue for your fireplace.

In the Hudson Valley region, All Seasons Chimney has been relining chimneys for over two decades. You can depend on our CSIA-certified chimney technicians to inspect the condition of your liner and recommend the best for your system. We would like to tell you more about stainless steel liners and why this is the best.

DAMAGED OR MISSING LINER

masonry chimney If you live in a home that was built over 50 years ago, there is a chance that your chimney does not have any liner. In the 1940’s, the National Board of Standards did a test with unlined chimneys, and they realize it is a dangerous fire hazard. Modern building safety codes and standards now mandate that every chimney be lined. If your chimney is unlined, our team can get your home up to code with a stainless steel liner. We can also remove your old damaged liner and replace it with our durable steel liner.

UPDATED FIREPLACE

If your older fireplace does not provide much heat, you may want to update it with a new fireplace insert. These hearth heating appliances are more energy-efficient, but they are much smaller than masonry chimneys. This size difference can cause the insert to not work as efficiently and safely as it should. All Seasons Chimney can solve this issue by installing a stainless steel liner customized to the size of your insert. You can count on us to do the job properly. Our chimney professionals have the necessary training and experience of relining chimneys.

When was the last time you relined your chimney? Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your appointment. We are proud to provide the Hudson Valley area with superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services.

Dealing with a Drafty Chimney

One of the most common chimney problems has to do with draft issues. Poor chimney draft can be responsible for a few things, including smoky fireplaces. Diagnosing the cause of a drafty chimney can be tricky, as several different factors could be the reason behind the draft problems. Fortunately, All Seasons Chimney has many years of experience in dealing with drafty chimneys. For over 25 years, we have been providing professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to residents across the lower Hudson Valley area. We would like to tell you more about chimney draft problems and how we can help you avoid these issues. Dealing with a Drafty Chimney Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney

How does my chimney draft?

According to The Wood Heat Organization, there are two major factors involved with proper chimney draft: heat and height. Because hot air is less dense than cold air, your chimney needs to generate enough heat for the gases to rise and escape from your home through the flue. As the hot air rises, draft is created by a pressure difference that draws combustion air into the fireplace and pushes out the exhaust gases. The hotter your chimney is, the stronger the draft will be. The height of your chimney also affects the draft. The taller the chimney, the more draft will be produced at a given difference in temperature.

Why is my chimney having problems with producing high enough temperatures to draft properly?

The most common reason why your chimney may be too cold to draft properly has to do with the size of your flue. According to The Wood Heat Organization, the size of the flue should be matched with the flue collar of the appliance in order to function efficiently. If you have updated your older masonry fireplace by installing a new insert into the existing fireplace opening, there is a good chance your insert is much smaller than the masonry chimney. When the flue is too large, the combustion gases spend more time in the flue, which leads to heat loss. All Seasons Chimney can inspect your flue to see if there is a mismatch in size. If we find that the flue is too large, we can construct a new flue with a stainless steel liner that is customized to match the size of your fireplace insert.

What are other reasons for improper chimney draft?

If you have weatherized your home by sealing off all of the windows and doors, there might not be enough air coming into the fireplace for combustion. This issue can be easily solved by cracking open a window in the same room as your fireplace. You may also want to check to see if your damper is completely opened to allow airflow in and out of the chimney. Another reason for drafty chimneys has to do with how the wind blows across your chimney. If you are only noticing draft problems on windy days, All Seasons Chimney can help with a special chimney cap that is equipped with vents that direct the wind into the chimney to draft properly.

Don’t let a drafty chimney keep you from enjoying your fireplace. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney today to schedule an appointment for a professional chimney inspection from our trained and experienced chimney technicians.